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Old 02-19-2011, 10:08 PM   #1
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Default finally!!! i can weld aluminum from home

just got my dc tig to weld aluminum. still getting the hang of it.

if you want some work done hit me up. it'll be real cheap since i suck for now. not that you would want ****ty welds for people to look at.
but ill be getting better with more practice.
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:28 PM   #2
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Cool! I really want to learn how to weld aluminum. I can mig weld sheet metal and stuff pretty well, but I haven't tried TIG welding, let alone aluminum.
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:32 PM   #3
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so from what i hear aluminum is pretty easy. my setup is pretty homemade so its not quite regular. i dont think anyways. hahah.

its actually heliarc welding. so i use helium instead of argon.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:48 AM   #4
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Aluminum is much more difficult to weld than sheet metal. It's totally different, you have to move alot faster and your hands have to be alot steadier.

Helium eh? cool. I wonder how much of a difference it makes.
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Old 02-20-2011, 12:49 AM   #5
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Could have posted this in the SLC thread. Glad to see some more fabricators on the site.
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:11 AM   #6
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I've got a small modern gate I need welded together out of aluminum angle for the backyard. Welds would be somewhat hidden if your are interested.
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Old 02-20-2011, 01:12 AM   #7
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i forgot to turn the gas on... thats why all the black burnt stuff.

heres a pic. literally 2nd time ever welding with electricity. im used to oxy/acetylene.


helium makes all the difference. you cannot use argon from what i hear. it has to be helium. although i would like to test that theory cause argon is much cheaper.
im running a mix 70/30 helium argon. you have to run reverse polarity though.
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Old 02-20-2011, 03:44 AM   #8
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Congrats on the purchase, I've always wanted a Tig welder. I guess I'll just have to stick with my mig for now.
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Old 02-20-2011, 08:23 PM   #9
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mig is just as good. for me its all about finding the cheapest best way to get the job done. you can do aluminum with mig too from what i hear. i just dont know what it takes.
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To weld aluminum with a mig you need a spoolgun for aluminum and just have it hooked up to the right gas, and I think that's it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:31 AM   #11
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That's a pretty good deal. If I had a mig I would've been doing aluminum a long time ago.
Btw I got another pic after today's practice but I'm on my iPod so it'll have to come later.

Thanks for all the feedback everyone.
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:48 AM   #12
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Post the new picture of your progress, it looks great! Possibilities are endless now lol.
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:41 AM   #13
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well this was my first pass on aluminum sheet metal. but just doing a pass is easy.
the butt-welds are whats hard.



this was today as well. i need a lot more practice. but its getting slightly better. hahah.
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